In What Situations Might You Need to Visit a Walk-in Clinic?
- February 06, 2019
- Doris Gray
When it comes to medical treatment, your first thought might be to make an appointment with your general practitioner. However, that could take days, even a week if the office is particularly busy. The hospital might seem like a viable alternative, but Orange Park area emergency rooms are often full, and if you do not have a legitimate emergency, you could be taking vital time away from patients who do. What are your options? A walk-in clinic might be the best solution. When should you visit such a clinic, though?
Perhaps the most common reason to visit a walk-in clinic is for acute care of non-emergency situations. For instance, suppose you’re feeling under the weather, or even running a mild fever, a walk-in clinic can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment. This goes for other conditions, such as migraine headaches, aches and pains, sprains and pulled muscles, respiratory infections, and more.
Minor Invasive Treatments
While the hospital is the best place for serious invasive treatments, such as surgeries, a walk-in clinic can handle minor issues that are not necessarily major emergencies. For instance, if you or someone in your home suffered a deep laceration that required sutures, a walk-in the facility would be appropriate. Other examples include having abscesses or boils lanced.
You generally make an appointment with your doctor for most preventative care treatments, but this can be inconvenient, particularly if your doctor does not have an appointment time and date that works for you. A walk-in clinic offers convenient care without a need for an appointment and can handle most preventative care needs, from flu shots to asthma inhaler refills, to blood pressure checks and everything in between. Even work and school physical examinations can be handled here.
In some cases, you’ll find that a walk-in clinic can do more – they can fill the gap that exists between the emergency room and your doctor’s office, and can offer treatments that range from x-rays to splinting broken bones.
With all that being said, you do need to ensure that you choose the right facility. Compassionate, comprehensive care should be the rule. We invite you to call Injury Care Centers today to learn more about our services and how we can help you live a happier, healthier life. You can reach us at 904-783-0008.